October 30, 2015 |
WHILE THE 204 rushing yards they gave up to the Carolina Panthers Sunday night might indicate otherwise, the truth is the Eagles have quietly built a pretty good defense. They are first in the league in takeaways, ninth in points allowed, sixth in opponent passer rating, and until Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton and Ted Ginn came along, they had the league's third-best defensive rushing average (3.5 yards allowed per carry) and hadn't allowed an individual 100-yard rusher in 18 games.
October 26, 2015 |
FUNNY THING about Bennie Logan. For a guy who does so much grunt work along the defensive line, you'd think a rare quarterback sack would be the highlight of his day. But no, he says. What's the challenge in tackling a guy who has no interest in absorbing contact in the first place? "I like the more physical play," Logan said. "A quarterback is just going to sit there and go down. He's not going to do anything. I like someone who's going to give me a challenge, who's going to hit me, too. " Logan's position is nose tackle.
October 22, 2015 |
The season has been saved and the Eagles have their defense to thank for it. That used to be said and written all the time when Buddy Ryan's bullies beat up Eagles opponents in the late '80s and early '90s. It was still true after Ryan was fired by Norman Braman, a.k.a. "the guy in France," and Bud Carson became the team's defensive coordinator. The early success of the Andy Reid era was much more about Brian Dawkins, Jim Johnson and the defense than Donovan McNabb and the offense, too. Given Chip Kelly's devotion to the offensive side of the football and the way things went in his first two seasons as the head coach, it seemed unlikely that the defense would ever be the primary reason for the Eagles' success.
October 12, 2015 |
Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson, who practiced sporadically last week while dealing with both a sprained ankle and a sprained knee ligament, was pragmatic when asked why he expected to play against the Saints on Sunday. "We ain't got nobody else," Johnson said. While not technically true - the Eagles will not leave the position vacant if Johnson is unable to go - it is a fairly accurate description of an offensive line on which everyone is either hurt or of questionable value when healthy.
October 5, 2015 |
When the Eagles have the ball The Eagles' running game showed signs of life in Week 3 for the first time this season. It came with DeMarco Murray out of the lineup. Murray is questionable for Sunday with a hamstring injury. After rushing for 108 yards last week, Ryan Mathews will maintain a role even if Murray plays. The Eagles will start Matt Tobin at right guard, replacing Andrew Gardner, who is out for the season. Eagles left tackle Jason Peters is questionable with a quadriceps injury.
October 2, 2015 |
WHAT HAPPENS when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? We'll find out Sunday when the Redskins' fourth-ranked ground game collides with the Eagles' vaunted run defense. The Redskins and their 1-2 running punch of Alfred Morris and rookie Matt Jones are averaging 143.7 yards per game and are fifth in the league in rushing average (4.6 yards per carry). The Eagles have held their first three opponents to a league-best 3.1 yards per carry. They are tied with the Bengals for the fewest rushing first downs allowed (11)
September 29, 2015 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Eagles' season did not come here to die, after all. "Gritty" was the word Chip Kelly used to describe his team's 24-17 victory over the host New York Jets. There is one rhyming word that might also apply, particularly to the second-half efforts of Kelly's offense, but let's be kind for a few more hours, what with the pope having barely left town and all. Also, the Eagles' defense doesn't deserve the derision. Missing its two touted young inside linebackers, Mychal Kendricks (hamstring)
September 25, 2015 |
BENNIE LOGAN took over as starting nose tackle for Isaac Sopoaga at the midpoint of the 2013 season. Since then, for every game the Eagles have played, the starting defensive line has been Fletcher Cox, Logan and Cedric Thornton. Thornton broke a bone in his right hand last Sunday against Dallas, though, so that streak is expected to end this week at the Jets. (Thornton should be out a few weeks.) The team hasn't said exactly how it plans to handle Thornton's absence, and reporters aren't allowed to watch the parts of practice that would tell us that, but with 2014 fifth-round defensive end Taylor Hart also not practicing this week because of a right shoulder injury, it seems very likely that Brandon Bair will get his first NFL start, just a couple of months shy of his 31st birthday.
September 8, 2015 |
Bennie Logan arrived in Philadelphia as a third-round pick out of LSU in 2013, joined the starting lineup in the middle of his rookie season, and proved to be a steady presence at nose tackle for the Eagles last year. Entering his third year with the team, Logan appears to be poised for a breakout campaign - or at least as much as a nose tackle can produce, considering that his statistical production will not be as impressive as his on-field contribution. The 25-year-old lineman stood out to the coaching staff throughout the preseason.
August 13, 2015 |
THERE ARE 53 players on an NFL regular-season roster, but only 46 can be activated on game day. Last season, 23 Eagles players were inactive for at least one game, many because of injury. Only one player spent the entire season as a game-day inactive. That was rookie defensive end Taylor Hart. He didn't play a snap. Didn't make a tackle. Didn't even get a chance to run out of the tunnel at the Linc to the roar of the crowd. "It was tough," acknowledged Hart, a 2014 fifth-round pick from Oregon.